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Brazilian Team’s Dominant Victory Cements Novo Mangueirão’s Place on the Global Sporting Map

Brazilian Team’s Dominant Victory Cements Novo Mangueirão’s Place on the Global Sporting Map

Within the stadium, which had been extensively refurbished and modernized under the initiative of the Government of Pará, a fervent crowd of over 43 thousand football enthusiasts passionately displayed their love for the sport.

It was a historic night, as significant as the illustrious journey of Brazilian football itself. In the distinct parlance of Pará, it was a “pai d’égua” night, an expression of boundless excitement. The visit of the Brazilian men’s football team to Belém, the capital of Pará, culminated in a resounding 5-1 victory over the Bolivian team at the Pará Olympic Stadium, Novo Mangueirão, on a balmy Amazonian summer night.


Brazilian Team's Dominant Victory Cements Novo Mangueirão's Place on the Global Sporting Map
Brazilian Team’s Dominant Victory Cements Novo Mangueirão’s Place on the Global Sporting Map


The stadium, meticulously rebuilt and modernized under the auspices of the Government of Pará, bore witness to the fervor of more than 43 thousand fans. From the rendition of the National Anthem to the exuberant goal celebrations, these fans wholeheartedly expressed their passion for football and their unwavering support for the Brazilian national team, the embodiment of the nation’s footballing prowess. An event of this magnitude had not graced Belém for over a decade, harking back to the last visit of the Canarian team to the capital.

This day is one of celebration, a celebration of the deep-rooted Brazilian spirit on display by the people of Pará – their love for the national team and their fervent football enthusiasm. The significance lies in the recognition, after a hiatus of 12 years, of Belém’s ability to host the Brazilian team once again, especially for a World Cup qualifier. Governor Helder Barbalho expressed confidence that Belém’s legacy from this experience would be a more frequent presence on the Brazilian national team’s agenda. He affirmed, “From now on, Belém is on the roster of the top football venues in Latin America.”

Pará’s profound passion for football received its due recognition with the reconstruction and modernization of Mangueirão, completed in April under the aegis of the Government of Pará.

This transformation filled the people with pride, evident to those who had experienced both the old and the new Mangueirão, like Nilomar Gomes, who journeyed nearly 60 kilometers to witness the match. He recalled, “I was here for the Brazil vs. Argentina game. The stadium was completely different. Now, it’s entirely revamped. It’s wonderful! The reconstruction of Mangueirão fills us with pride. People who come from other places and abroad see all of this, and it’s a delight!”

The Brazil vs. Bolivia match in Belém, a vital fixture in the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, was made possible solely due to the reconstruction, expansion, and modernization of Novo Mangueirão. The stadium achieved arena status, complying with all FIFA regulations for major events. The seating capacity was expanded, and today Mangueirão can comfortably and safely accommodate 50 thousand spectators. This achievement solidified Pará’s position on the map of major sporting events, a testament to the unwavering passion of its people for sports.

José Romildo Dias, a retired resident of Soure in the Marajó Archipelago, made it a family affair to witness the stars of Brazilian football up close, including the renowned striker Neymar. Neymar achieved a memorable night by scoring two goals, surpassing the legendary Pelé’s record while wearing the Brazilian National Team shirt. For the Marajoara fan, this game signifies a crucial step toward Brazil’s recovery and a fresh path toward their sixth World Cup victory. He emphasized the united effort of the people of Pará in creating this magnificent celebration, and he was impressed by the transformation of Novo Mangueirão, now one of the world’s most prominent and finest stadiums.

The modernized Novo Mangueirão boasts a range of enhancements, including exclusive ramps for people with disabilities (PwDs), new ticket offices and elevators, solar energy panels, a rainwater collection system for bathroom use, spaces dedicated to social projects, multipurpose rooms, and a new “Bermuda celebration” type turf, more suitable for Pará’s climate and commonly used in major stadiums hosting World Cup matches.

Notably, Novo Mangueirão stands out for its commitment to accessibility and inclusion. It is the first stadium in the country to feature two sensory accommodation rooms, designed to cater to fans with disabilities. These rooms offer acoustic insulation to reduce external noise, comfortable seating, televisions, distinctive painting, and specially designed activities for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

In these spaces, individuals diagnosed with ASD, along with their families, can enjoy a reserved and accommodating environment equipped with various resources and equipment such as earmuffs, teethers, sensory lycra, vests, and stress-relief tools. This initiative ensures a comfortable and inclusive experience for fans like Ângelo David, a 12-year-old boy who watched Brazil’s victory over Bolivia with his mother, Débora Macedo. The fans celebrated each goal enthusiastically, and for Ângelo, the dream of witnessing the national team up close became a reality.

Débora highlighted the importance of the sensory accommodation space, particularly for Ângelo, who has hearing sensitivity. She expressed gratitude for the comfort and the welcoming multidisciplinary team that made their visit possible. The sensory room’s availability and resources provided a unique and inclusive experience, ensuring Ângelo’s participation in the event without the discomfort and challenges often encountered in conventional crowds.

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